My Mr. Manny by Jennifer Garcia
Mia Balducci misses her childhood days and yearns for the big, Italian family that she left behind in small town Massachusetts. At the tender age of sixteen, Mia moves with her bachelor father to Los Angeles, but no matter how many years pass, it never becomes home to her. The years spent living with her father aren’t easy, especially since she can’t stop thinking about what she once had. Her enrollment in the University of Southern California promises to bring exciting changes to her life, but Mia winds up with big problems instead. When she runs into an old friend from her old hometown of Winthrop, she gets swept up in nostalgia, and she soon loses herself in a quickly-progressing romance. When the fantasy falls apart, she is left to raise her precious little girl, Lucia, on her own. The demands of Mia’s work schedule and Lucia’s needs increase, and their lives become increasingly hectic. It is soon clear to Mia that she needs help. Luckily, her life-saving cousin saves the day and brings the mother and daughter a male nanny – their new “manny.”
After losing his high-pressure job on Wall Street, Dominic Roberts wants to follow his dreams to have a family. He’s already one fiancée down, and there are no likely prospects for another. In order to find the family he so desperately wants, he finds himself getting into the manny business. Since he is fully qualified to provide child care and is eager to leave New York City behind, his sister-in-law is able to land him a job in California working for his first client – the beautiful and intriguing Mia Balducci.
Will Lucia like the new man in her mother’s life? Will Mia? And will this new trio discover the happily ever after they all so desperately seek?
I rolled over to face Dominic and he began to stir. I watched him breathe and took inventory of his precious face. His lashes were thick and short against his cheek. The stubble on his face had thickened a bit more and his lips stuck out in a pout. I pecked them and his eyes opened.
“Good morning, sleeping beauty,” I said as he stretched and yawned. He scratched at his stubble and rubbed his eyes. He was adorable in the morning.
“Mhmmm, it is a good morning,” he said with a sleep-coated voice. He wrapped and tightened his arms around me and then squeezed. “A very good morning.”
“I need to get up and get ready for work. Lucia will be up in a bit. But …” I began to say.
I exhaled a deep breath. “No, nothing’s wrong, but … well I really want you to move into my room now. Too soon?” I wasn’t afraid he’d say no, but for some reason I felt strange asking him that.
He scoffed. “Did you think I was going to sleep in my room after last night? I had the best night of my life” he said while peppering soft, slow kisses on my face.
“It was my best night, too, baby.” I kissed him one more time and got up. “So, it’s official then. You’re moving in here and we’re a real couple.” I jerked my head in a nod to emphasize my statement.
He rolled on top of me, pinning me down on the bed. “I thought it was a given, Mia. You’re stuck with me forever now. I hope you can handle me.” He laughed.
“Mhmmm, I can handle you all right. I just hope you can handle me.” I kissed his lips.
Jennifer Garcia’s (aka Forbes Arnone) love of travel began when she went to the West Coast to visit her father at the age of three. Her home until she was sixteen was a small coastal town near Boston. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
Her lifelong love for reading and writing was put aside for many years while she made her way in the world and nurtured her young family. Even though she is older, and life never seems to settle, she’s finding her way while attending college full-time in pursuit of a B.A. in English Literature. She also runs a business, and is still caring for her family. Believing she can do it all, with the help of her family, she worked on her first novel during the late hours of the night while balancing the rest of her life during the day. Her hard work paid off, as her first novel, My Mr. Manny, will be published August 2013.
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I had the great pleasure to read an Advance Reader Copy of “My Mr. Manny” by Jennifer Garcia this week and what a sweet read it was. My Mr. Manny is the ultimate HEA. If you like to have the ‘warm fuzzies’ then this is the book for you. It is the feel good read of this summer!
It is a story of love, relationships, family, pain, love and destiny. This book with all its ups and downs proves that every path that our lives take, all lead us to the place we are ultimately meant to be. All of these different paths may not be a pleasant experience but in the end all of them tie together to get us to our destiny.
I feel many women out there will relate to the main character, Mia, in this book. She spent the beginning of her marriage raising her child and making a home, and then one day she woke up and figured out that things weren’t as great as she thought they were in her little home. This sets her upon a path that is new but fulfilling, seeing as she had her daughter, Lucia, to love and concentrate her time on.
Lucia is a lovely, energetic and smart child that brightens her mother’s every waking moment. The love between this mother and daughter duo is heartwarming and will bring a smile to your face over and over again. But when work and childhood activities get to be a little more than Mia can handle, she finally has to admit that she needs a little help to keep up with everything.
Enter Dominic, male nanny ‘Manny’. Dominic has come off his own set of problems and has taken on a career change, wanting more than the hustle and bustle of Wall Street. He comes into the lives of Mia and Lucia like a soothing ocean wave and the effect it has on all three of them is transforming. He is the loving male figure that her daughter has needed in her life and Mia discovers that he may be what she’s been looking for most of her life too.
This is a great, relaxing summer read for anyone who just needs to escape the hustle and bustle of their own life and reconnect to what is truly important in life. Like I mentioned earlier it is the ultimate HEA and I promise it will make you laugh and cry (tears of joy) before you are done reading. It is an extremely sweet love story, filled with family and friends and things that actually happen to people each and every day.
You will fall in love with Mia and Lucia along with the rest of their family. When Dominic rolls along you will instantly be drawn in by him too. These characters are well thought out and well written. There is never any doubt in your mind what these characters are thinking or what they want out of life. And before you’re through you’re going to want a Mr. Manny to call your very own too!
I highly recommend giving My Mr. Manny a read. Your heart will soar and the ‘feel good’ euphoria will carry you through the rest of your week!